iOS 16.3 beta 2: New betas of iOS 16.3, iPadOS 16.3, watchOS 9.3, macOS 13.2, and tvOS 16.3 are now available to public beta testers.
Apple has restarted the beta testing cycle after taking a short break for the holidays. Developers can begin downloading iOS 16.3 beta 2 this afternoon, along with iPadOS 16.3 beta 2 and other updates. Read on for the full scoop on these changes.
iOS 16.3 Beta 2 Launching Today
Today, registered developers can download iOS 16.3 beta 2. Whenever the update becomes available over the air, you can grab it by opening the Settings menu, selecting General, and finally selecting Software Update.
The second public beta of iOS 16.3 is still to be released by Apple, but it is expected to arrive this week. Apple is beta testing updates for its other platforms in addition to iOS 16.3:
- iPadOS 16.3 beta 2
- watchOS 9.3 beta 2
- macOS 13.2 beta 2
- tvOS 16.3 beta 2
iOS 16.3 beta 2 and more now rolling out to public beta testers https://t.co/Itxm50jZhU
— 9to5Mac (@9to5mac) January 11, 2023
What’s new in iOS 16.3?
About a month ago, Apple released the first beta version of iOS 16.3. So far, the update hasn’t brought any major improvements or new features. The ability to safeguard Apple IDs with physical security keys is a welcome addition to the update.
This means you will have access to a second, non-virtual authentication factor in the form of a physical hardware device. There’s a new Handoff tutorial in iOS 16.3 that explains how to use your iPhone with the HomePod.
What’s new in watchOS 9.3 beta 2
The new watchOS 9.3 beta 2 is just one of several new betas released by Apple this week. They also released beta versions of macOS Ventura 13.2, iPad OS 16.3, and iOS 16.3. Let’s take a look at a new video from Half Man Half Tech to learn more about the features available in the watchOS 9.3 beta.
The Apple Watch’s performance and stability have been enhanced with the latest watchOS software update. Some minor new features are included in the update, but it does not appear to have any major new features.
Developers can now get their hands on watchOS 9.3 beta 2, and information about the update can be found on Apple’s official website for developers.
It is also anticipated that the software will be made available to the general public for beta testing very soon. The final watchOS 9.3 release is expected by the end of January or the beginning of February.
— MacRumors.com (@MacRumors) January 11, 2023
It’s likely that Apple will drop all three of these updates simultaneously: iOS 16.3, iPad 16.3, and macOS 13.2. We will update you as soon as we learn more about the release date.